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WELCA News – Reminder: Summer is a great time of year

Raising awareness about human trafficking Women of the ELCA staff and volunteers spent the last days of June (and the first day of July) in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering raising awareness about human trafficking. Two organizations in the area are receiving the hygiene kits assembled by 30,000-plus youth at the gathering. Your donations to pay …

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LivingLutheran Stories – July 10, 2018

Deeply engaged, boldly acting Last week, more than 350 ELCA clergy and lay people sent a letter titled #MoreThanStatements to ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the ELCA Church Council encouraging the church to take bold … continue   Summer not-to-do list for Lutheran parents I want to experience the goodness that summer has to offer, …

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Augsburg Fortress Music Newsletter – June 2018

Attending AGO? We look forward to the opportunity to visit with many of you at the biennial national conference of The American Guild of Organists in Kansas City. This conference is always a highlight for us! Be sure to attend our reading session on Friday from 11 AM – 11:45 AM in the Empire Room. …

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Seeds Monthly – June 2018

Watch live video from the ELCA Youth Gathering The ELCA Youth Gathering starts next week! If you’re interested in seeing what our youth are experiencing, you can watch live video from the event. Throughout the week, all video will be available on the Youth Gathering homepage at ELCA.org/gathering. The ELCA Youth Gathering will be livestreaming: MYLE …

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ELCA Worship News: June 2018

Greetings, It is a busy summer for the ELCA Worship staff. In a few days we will join 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. As part of Interactive Learning, we will have a large booth exploring, with Gathering participants, the variety of ways that we participate …

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Living Lutheran Stories – June 19, 2018

The faith of my grandfathers Last year, in the span of six months, I lost both of my grandfathers. Each left behind families forever enriched by their legacies of love. Their funerals—the tears, the eulogies, the memories … continue Lutherans join Muslim neighbors for Ramadan iftars For the past month, Muslims worldwide have been observing the …

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ELCA Global Links – June 2018

‘Hope Rising in Juba, South Sudan’ In November 2017, the Reconciliation Lutheran Church Community Center and Primary Health Care Clinic opened its doors in Juba, South Sudan, as thousands gathered to worship and celebrate. Hear from those involved in the opening as they share their insights about the impact they envision the center will have in the …

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News from Luther Seminary – June 2018

A Global Community of Leaders and Innovators Summer intensives have just kicked off here at Luther Seminary, drawing our entire community to campus to study, connect, and worship together—including distributed learning students from all over the United States and world. How Luther’s Full-Tuition Jubilee Scholarship for All Incoming M.A. and M.Div. Students Will Reduce Student Debt …

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We Know the Truth – Presiding Bishop

We know the truth: In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton compares her father’s experience following the war to that of African American soldiers. And knowing the truth of such realities, she writes, means “we have to do something about it.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2LuPDjK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xUFYBb.

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2018 Maryland Flooding

Lutheran Disaster Response On the evening Tuesday, May 15th, a storm dropped 6.5 inches of rain in just a few hours on areas of Frederick and Washington Counties in western MD. Local Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries reported that over 60 water rescues were made and, more than 80 people were stranded for hours …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter June 2, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Caring for Minor Children “Who would take our children? I am not sure anyone would be willing to take them,” remarked Shelly to her attorney, Jim. “It’s not that they aren’t good children. They are all fine, but there are 11 of them! If something happens to Pat and me, who will take… Read …

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LivingLutheran Stories June 5, 2018

I’m a Lutheran leader: Ryan K. Hostler This year we’re putting an emphasis on stories that highlight leadership and leaders from around the ELCA. “I’m a Lutheran leader” is an online feature that highlights the many ways people … continue The light shines in the darkness—but it’s complicated Kaethe Schwehn has been writing about faith throughout …

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A sneak peak of new Lutheran center in South Sudan

  Dear friends in Christ,   In 2015, an idea was born. It was an idea that brought together people from across the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, and across the ELCA. It became more than just an idea as prayers were lifted, funds were raised, shovels broke ground and bricks were laid! The Reconciliation …

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Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinics

Summer Music Clinics from Augsburg Fortress This summer, join other church musicians in exploring fresh and innovative ways to enliven music in worship. Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship. Connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, discover ways to refresh worship with new …

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Sparkhouse June Newsletter

Keep faith growing this summer! We believe in continuing faith formation all year – not just during the school year – which is why we are excited to share with you our new Frolic Summer Book Club! The Frolic Summer Book Club features a series of FREE activities that you can share with your little ones to help them …

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Living Lutheran Stories May 29, 2018

Sacred ground, deadly violence: Reflections on Gaza Editor’s note: Ongoing protests in Gaza for the “Right of Return” escalated on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, and on May 15, when the U.S. Embassy relocated in Jerusalem. … continue Graceful engagement The term “intersectionality” has been in use for about 30 …

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ELCA Worship News May 2018

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). “What’s gotten into you?” It is a question I have heard asked by the frustrated parent to the child who misbehaves, or to the addict who shoots up once more, or the spouse who sails through life on their bottom lip. It is often said …

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Living Lutheran May 22, 2018

I’m a Lutheran leader: Garth Englund III This year we’re putting an emphasis on stories that highlight leadership and leaders from around the ELCA. “I’m a Lutheran leader” is a monthly online feature that highlights the many ways … continue From pilgrimage to Pentecost Pentecost didn’t happen only once. The noise intensified. The joy palpable. Community …

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Seeds Monthly – May 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘Mercy and addiction’ Overdose deaths from prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than 1999, and sales have quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People of faith and houses of worship are not immune to this crisis. In Living Lutheran’s May cover story, Wendy Healy writes about how the …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter May 19, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Important Life Decisions “How can I plan?” asked Mary. “We just sold our home and bought a retirement condo. Our older child just moved across the country and our younger child will be getting married later this year.” Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Choose a Good Estate Sale Company Can you provide …

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Living Lutheran Stories – May 15, 2018

Bishops-elect reflect on historic votes Last weekend, following her election as the ELCA’s first female African-descent synod bishop, Patricia Davenport was reminded of a hymn her congregation sings, “For Everyone Born” by Shirley … continue Let the little children come Instead of wrestling with their parents in the back pews during worship, toddlers at Grace Lutheran …

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God loves – Presiding Bishop Eaton

In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2w8NZSe and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2jlilYt.

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 24

God’s grand creation Even with our extended winter this year, the bluebirds are back and choosing their nesting sites, which, for me, means that “spring has sprung!” One of the primary ways I enjoy participating in … continue   The spirit of God on the move Editor’s note: With global migration on the rise and cultural polarization …

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G-News – Howdy Partner

Gathering partners Curious who are partners are? See who we’re working with! Check out our Interactive Learning partners and the ministries that will be present during your Interactive Learning Day. You can also see the many partners in Houston that we’re working with for Service Learning at the Gathering. See all the great things the city is doing and …

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Seeds Monthly – April 2018

Living Lutheran: “The ‘e’ word” Connotations of the word “evangelical” have led some Lutherans to distance themselves from the term or to distinguish from cultural evangelicals by using a different pronunciation. So why does the ELCA have the word “evangelical” in its name? It goes back to the core of Lutheran identity, as “evangelical” comes …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter April 28, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Zero-Tax Cash and Trust About 15 years ago Linda’s father passed away. As her inheritance, she received a commercial lot that was a mile outside of town. At the time she received the inherited property, it was worth about $100,000. Read More SAVVY LIVING Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer Is skin …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 17, 2018

Waves of faith Rolling, sun-kissed waves on the Pacific Ocean provide Jerry Phillips, a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of California–Santa Barbara (UCSB) more than a stage on which to improve … continue Perspective: The strange fruit of Good Friday Editor’s note: This entry is the third of a multipart series on white fragility. Read the …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 10, 2018

New name, same “servant of Christ” A service led by Pastor Beeson at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, N.J., would look and sound familiar to most ELCA members, from its hymnals, to its weekly children’s message and … continue The “e” word The Bible-Belt funeral director didn’t know about the ELCA. All he knew …

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ELCA Youth Gathering – G News – April 10, 2018

Rotation scheduleThe Gathering schedule operates on a rotation. All groups will rotate through our three program days: Interactive Learning, Service Learning and Synod Day. To see your rotation, check your Gathering account or our resources. Once you know your rotation, refer to our Gathering schedule to better plan your time at the Gathering! Stories to share We’re continuing to ask …

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April fools – Presiding Bishop Eaton

It all started with such promise: The angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; Mary’s conviction that this child was the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the powerful would be brought down from their thrones and the lowly lifted up, that the hungry …

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ELCA World Hunger – Malawi

ELCA WORLD HUNGER Field Report: Supporting Local Efforts in Malawi This week, ELCA World Hunger and ELCA Global Mission staff are visiting with companions in Malawi, learning more about the great work local volunteers and leaders are doing with support from ELCA World Hunger. Below, David Mills, the program director for budget and operations on …

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Lutheran Disaster Response – Papua New Guinea Earthquakes

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE Situation Report: Papua New Guinea Earthquakes Be a part of the response: Pray Continue to pray for all those impacted by earthquakes and other disasters Give Thanks to generous, undesignated donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe, including the earthquakes in Papua New …

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LL Stories – March 27, 2018

Living Lutheran Weekly Email Digest ELCA youth raise their voices against gun violence The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students, faculty and staff, ignited a nationwide gun-control movement led by student survivors. The … continue   More than just waving in worship Every year on Palm …

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LSTC E.pistle March 2018

Kindness and Hope One of my spiritual disciplines during Lent was adding poetry to the daily consumption of what I read (especially since the 2016 election). When I announced my poetry intention on Facebook and asked for suggestions, I was overwhelmed and impressed by all the poems and poets my friends recommended. Clearly, poetry plays …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 13, 2018

God revealed through people with disabilities   His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that� … continue Water and the word create new life: part 4 Week 4: Jesus’ baptism Prayer passage: …

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God’s irresistible call – Presiding Bishop

By Elizabeth A. Eaton When first elected presiding bishop, I was often asked what it meant to be the first woman entrusted with this call. I didn’t like that question then. I’m still ambivalent about it now. Why, in the 21st century, did my gender matter? Why, in 2013, was the election of a woman …

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Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Now is the time to register for the 2018 Ecumenical Advocacy Days! EAD will take place April 20-23 in Washington, D.C. The ELCA helped to found EAD and continues as a sponsor of this weekend long conference. This year’s gathering theme, “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People,” will offer ELCA leaders an …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2018

  ACT to End Racism In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for ACT to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. …

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LL Stories February 28, 2018

Both/and Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which seeks to understand and interpret Scripture related to gender identity and transgender people. His online work … continue     Water and the word create new life: part 2 Week 2: Creation  Prayer passage: “Through the waters of the flood you delivered …

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2017-18 Global Church Directory

The ELCA has deep, longstanding relationships with Lutheran churches and other partners around the world. We respond to our companions and support their work by sending missionaries and volunteers, training leaders, planting new congregations and growing existing ones. In the 2017-18 Global Church Directory, read stories of this engagement and see pictures of many of our …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 24, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Gifts of Stock What will the market do this year? Perhaps the best answer is, “It will go up and down.” Stock returns vary to a significant degree each year. However, long-term stock returns have been reasonably substantial. Read More SAVVY LIVING Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs I have heard that hearing …

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